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0011579Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Buildings, Cages and Chainspublic2020-07-09 02:412021-01-14 02:08
Knight Otu 
resolvedunable to reproduce 
0011579: Well can be built with ropes, but still requires metal chains to place.
If you only have rope and no chain you are not able to place a well. It will say "Chain needed". After obtaining a metal chain the well can be constructed with a rope and without the metal chain.
chain, restraint, rope, well
Issue History
2020-07-09 02:41SuperDicqNew Issue
2020-07-09 02:44SuperDicqTag Attached: 0.47.04
2020-07-09 02:44SuperDicqTag Attached: chain;restrain;rope
2020-07-09 02:44SuperDicqTag Attached: well
2020-07-09 03:07Knight OtuNote Added: 0040621
2020-07-09 03:07Knight OtuAssigned To => Knight Otu
2020-07-09 03:07Knight OtuStatusnew => needs feedback
2020-07-09 11:57lethosorTag Detached: chain;restrain;rope
2020-07-09 11:57lethosorTag Attached: restraint
2020-07-09 11:57lethosorTag Detached: 0.47.04
2020-07-09 11:57lethosorTag Attached: chain
2020-07-09 11:57lethosorTag Attached: rope
2021-01-14 02:08Knight OtuNote Added: 0040859
2021-01-14 02:08Knight OtuStatusneeds feedback => resolved
2021-01-14 02:08Knight OtuResolutionopen => unable to reproduce

Knight Otu   
2020-07-09 03:07   
I couldn't duplicate this behavior. I tested this by creating a new world and embark, bringing the materials to create a well, and no metal chains. I was able to build a well regardless.
Is it possible that your ropes were tasked by another job at the time you tried to create the well, such as being brought to a stockpile?
Knight Otu   
2021-01-14 02:08   
Without further information, I'm marking this as unable to reproduce.